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Prelinger Archives was founded in 1983 by Rick Prelinger in New York City. Over the next twenty years, it grew into a collection of over 60,000 "ephemeral" (advertising, educational, industrial, and amateur) films. In 2002, the film collection was acquired by the Library of Congress, Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division. Prelinger Archives remains in existence, holding approximately 11,000 digitized and videotape titles (all originally derived from film) and a large collection of home movies, amateur and industrial films acquired since 2002. Its primary collection emphasis has turned toward home movies and amateur films, with approximately 17,000 items held as of Spring 2019. Its goal remains to collect, preserve, and facilitate access to films of historic significance that haven't been collected elsewhere. Included are films produced by and for many hundreds of important US corporations, nonprofit organizations, trade associations, community and interest groups, and educational institutions. Getty Images represents the collection for stock footage sale, and over 6,400 items (representing approximately 4,800 distinct films) are available here.

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PLEASE NOTE: Between 2012-2015, we uploaded newer and higher-quality versions of many titles, including one-part files of most films that were previously available only in two or more parts.

STOCK FOOTAGE: Information on licensing stock footage through Getty Images, our exclusive representative, is here.

The Field Guide to Sponsored Films by Rick Prelinger was published by the National Film Preservation Foundation in January 2007. It describes 452 historically or culturally significant motion pictures commissioned by businesses, charities, advocacy groups, and state or local government units between 1897 and 1980. The annotated filmography features repository information for some 350 titles as well as links to works viewable online. Also included are an introductory essay and name and subject indexes. The book is recommended for all interested in the history of advertising, industrial and sponsored films.

A free copy of the 152-page NFPF publication can be viewed and downloaded here.

Click to see a Tag Cloud of the Archive's Prelinger Collection.

Click for more information about the Prelinger Archives.

Information about Prelinger Library, an appropriation-friendly library of printed materials located in San Francisco, is here.

If you have historical home movies of San Francisco or Detroit that might work in future Lost Landscapes urban history screenings, Rick would be delighted to hear from you. He can be reached here.


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Prelinger Archives
by Murphy (Owen) Productions
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Informs viewer of the experimental advances in audiovisual communications techniques Bell Telephone Laboratories' researchers are experimenting with: computer graphics, synthesized speech, computer-made movies and music, and designing prototypical devices. 20:27:20:29 CU man working on 1980s computer screen tracing line with digital pen over graph on screen, sheet music above graph, audio track jumbled notes corresponding to music written on computer screen. 20:27:39:28 man holds pen to digital...
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Prelinger Archives
movies
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Military training film showing psychological operations in "Hostland," a mythical (probably Latin American) country, designed to aid the host government in gaining the support of the population.
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Topics: Psychological warfare, Propaganda, Military
Prelinger Archives
by U.S. Department of Defense
movies
eye 13,542
favorite 29
comment 4
Patriotic mosaic of American scenes at the height of the Vietnam War.
favoritefavorite ( 4 reviews )
Topics: Military, Patriotism
Prelinger Archives
by Public Relations Society of America
movies
eye 10,638
favorite 3
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Key speakers on business films from the 20th annual conference of the Public Relations Society of America.
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Topic: Motion pictures: Sponsored
Prelinger Archives
movies
eye 9,707
favorite 19
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Military training film showing psychological operations in "Hostland," a mythical (probably Latin American) country, designed to aid the host government in gaining the support of the population.
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Topics: Psychological warfare, Propaganda, Military
Prelinger Archives
by U.S. Department of Defense
movies
eye 9,519
favorite 25
comment 2
Patriotic mosaic of American scenes at the height of the Vietnam War.
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Topics: Military, Patriotism
Prelinger Archives
by Levene (Carol)
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eye 6,539
favorite 7
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Depicts actual construction progress throughout the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit System during 1967-68, emphasizing the original and continuing aims of the district--to provide safe, fast, economical and comfortable mass transit, thereby eliminating traffic congestion and preserving the beauty and character of the area.
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Topic: need keyword
Prelinger Archives
by Murphy (Owen) Productions
movies
eye 4,066
favorite 14
comment 1
Informs viewer of the experimental advances in audiovisual communications techniques Bell Telephone Laboratories' researchers are experimenting with: computer graphics, synthesized speech, computer-made movies and music, and designing prototypical devices. 20:27:20:29 CU man working on 1980s computer screen tracing line with digital pen over graph on screen, sheet music above graph, audio track jumbled notes corresponding to music written on computer screen. 20:27:39:28 man holds pen to digital...
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Prelinger Archives
by Newsreel
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favorite 10
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from Roz Payne Archives: In the spring of 1969 , the Berkeley street community initiated a project to transform a barren and unused university-owned Lot into a park for the whole community to enjoy-a People's Park. Because the park threatened the control of the university and presented a challenge to the concept of private property, the police and National Guard were used to brutalize the people and destroy the People's Park. 25 minutes This film was made by SF Newsreel and was originally...
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Prelinger Archives
by Artemis Films Inc.
movies
eye 2,773
favorite 8
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Children talk about their cities - Atlanta, New York, Detroit
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Prelinger Archives
by Brandt (Harry)
movies
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favorite 3
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06:37:55:19 Man seated in front of American flag announces into microphone that “Governor Dewey will carry New York state by at least 50,000 votes, and that he will be the next president of the United States”; audio track crowd cheers and man raises arm and waves. Famous 1948 Presidential election. 06:38:07:15 Great high-angle pan over disembodied hands of teletypists typing out messages. VS news media during 1948 presidential election: numerous radio reporters in press room speaking into...
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Prelinger Archives
by Newsreel
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On the Lincoln Center redevelopment project and the destruction of community on New York City's Upper West Side. With many shots of Puerto Ricans and their neighborhood, seemingly with direct sound. Description from Roz Payne archives: To keep the well-to-do from continuing to flee the city and depleting its tax base, city, state, and federal government, and the Rockefellers, Morgans, and Mellons finance the prestigious Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. It was built in the middle of a...
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Prelinger Archives
by IBM Corporation, Community Relations and Information Department
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eye 2,407
favorite 8
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Many stock shots to be logged. On Ulster County, New York -- Kingston area Produced for IBM employees and recruits. Men and women walking into IBM buildings Leisure activities. Folk hootenany outside
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Prelinger Archives
by U.S. Department of Defense
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eye 2,195
favorite 11
comment 1
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Prelinger Archives
by Fleischer, Henry Charles
movies
eye 1,817
favorite 5
comment 1
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Prelinger Archives
by Charles (Henry) Studios
movies
eye 1,536
favorite 3
comment 2
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Super 8 home movie showing mourners and marchers in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s funeral procession, April 9, 1968. Many civil rights activists and national political figures joined the procession. The film was found in the estate of Edsel B. and Mary B. Stallings, residents of Detroit who were active in Democratic Party politics and civil rights affairs.
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Topics: Martin Luther King (Jr.), civil rights, funerals, assassinations, Black history, African American...
Prelinger Archives
by Charles (Henry) Studios
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favorite 5
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Skeletal Entry
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Prelinger Archives
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At the United States embassy of a small fictional country, Hostland, delegates request assistance in counteracting the outside influences which "have planted the seeds of subversion" in their country. "As with most countries that find themselves in the midst of a Communist inspired insurgency, Hostland has a population with a doubtful sense of national unity". In this fictional land with hints of Latin American influence, the United States military must work with the...
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Prelinger Archives Home Movies
movies
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favorite 8
comment 1
To come.
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Topics: home movies, prelinger
Prelinger Archives Home Movies
movies
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favorite 6
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To come.
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 3 reviews )
Topics: home movies, prelinger
Prelinger Archives
by Public Relations Society of America
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favorite 2
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Key speakers from the 20th annual conference of the Public Relations Society of America.
favorite ( 1 reviews )
Prelinger Archives
by Newsreel (collective)
movies
eye 746
favorite 4
comment 0
To come.
Topics: Newsreel (collective), women's liberation, Second Wave feminism, 1960s, Atlantic City, feminism
Prelinger Archives Home Movies
movies
eye 609
favorite 2
comment 1
To come.
favoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: home movies, prelinger
Prelinger Archives Home Movies
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eye 577
favorite 3
comment 1
To come.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: home movies, prelinger
Prelinger Archives Home Movies
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eye 571
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comment 1
To come.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: prelinger, home movies
Prelinger Archives Home Movies
movies
eye 360
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Home movie scenes of Michigan buildings, roads, a gas station under construction, and the funeral of Dr. Martin Luther King filmed off television. Also includes filmed still images from magazine pages featuring historic cars, and Expo 67.
Topics: Michigan, Mackinac Bridge, Game Haven, Castle Rock, I-75, St. Ignace, Crittenton Hospital, police...
Prelinger Archives Home Movies
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eye 258
favorite 2
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Tourism at Mackinac Island, Michigan, 1968
Topics: Michigan, Mackinac Island, Lake Huron, 1968, bicycles, 1960s fashions, Grand Hotel